There are many tile options and applications available for homes and businesses alike. Consumers can use both natural stone and manmade materials for their tile and are offered in different sizes, colors, and style. As they usually just pick it for the way it looks, few give little thought to the maintenance involved and the vulnerabilities tile. Different types of tile require specific overall care and maintenance, though many think “tile is tile.” Today, we at Silver State Floor Restoration would like to recommend dos and don’ts of concerning natural stone tile care and maintenance.
Natural Stone Floor Tiling Care Do’s
1) Particularly with beverages derived of alcohol or acidic content drinks should be placed on coasters. Including the acid in food and drinks can cull the surfaces, susceptible stones are marble, onyx, and travertine, and the acidic compounds.
2) With daily surface cleaning for the tile and grout is necessary, a weekly deep clean should be implemented.
3) From the surface cleaning on a daily basis, your natural stone tile should be having all dirt, dust, and debris removed.
4) Required to be immediately cleaned up, are the accidental spills.
Natural Stone Floor Tiling Maintenance Don’ts
1) You never should place hot plates or cookware directly on the stone, so ensure to keep a dish pad or mat between the tile surface and hot items.
2) In the bathroom, grout or tub and tile, abrasive cleaners like soft or dry cleansers, as well as vinegar, lemon juices, or citrus or acid-based cleaners should never be used.
3) Being severely toxic, it is best not to mix bleach and ammonia.
Natural Stone Flooring Maintenance
1) When the tile floors need a washing, use a damp mop with plain water more often than chemical cleaners. Though it requires more cleaning than water but in a pinch mild vegetable should work on most natural stone, always be sure your specific tile has the appropriate cleaner.
2) Wipe up spills immediately.
3) On the bare floor setting, remove the debris daily by using a dust mopping, sweeps or vacuuming.
4) To better protect your stone floors, place rugs in high traffic areas.
Natural Stone Bathroom Vanity / Countertop Tops Maintenance
1) Quickly treat spills and avoid allowing acidic products to contact the countertops.
2) To reduce streaking following the wiping down of the countertops with a damp cloth, immediately follow-up with a dry cloth to reduce.
3) When water is not cutting it, only use appropriate detergents specific for your natural stone tile.
Natural Stone Shower Walls Maintenance
1) Use a squeegee after every use to minimize the soap scum buildup.
2) Utilizing other cleaners can potentially lead to corrosion, only apply the designated cleaners specific to your natural stone tile to remove soap scum.
3) If you notice any signs of damage and wear, routinely evaluate the grout and caulk lines and make the needed repairs as soon as possible.